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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sanc·ti·fy /-ˌfaɪ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sanc·ti·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sanctified p. pr. & vb. n. Sanctifying ]
 1. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow.
    God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.   --Gen. ii. 3.
    Moses . . . sanctified Aaron and his garments.   --Lev. viii. 30.
 2. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify.
    Sanctify them through thy truth.   --John xvii. 17.
 3. To make efficient as the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.
    A means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me as to make me repent of that unjust act.   --Eikon Basilike.
 4. To impart or impute sacredness, venerableness, inviolability, title to reverence and respect, or the like, to; to secure from violation; to give sanction to.
 The holy man, amazed at what he saw,
 Made haste to sanctify the bliss by law.   --Dryden.
    Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line.   --Pope.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: render holy by means of religious rites [syn: consecrate,
           bless, hallow] [ant: desecrate]
      2: make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery
         purified" [syn: purify, purge]
      [also: sanctified]